About

Mary Seacole House is a mental health charity and resource service set up to offer support and advice in emotional and practical matters, primarily for BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic and Refugees) communities, however we work with all communities across Merseyside.

The centre was established by Granby Community Mental Health Group in 1991 and had its grand opening on 15th April 1991. The Granby Community Mental Health Group is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

Mary Seacole House has maintained a track record of delivering services for over 25 years, which have been funded by Liverpool City Council.

Mary Seacole House is a place where people with diverse social and cultural backgrounds can come together in a non-oppressive environment. Staff will offer support, advice and guidance in both practical and emotional matters.

The organisation endeavours to address the needs of culturally diverse communities within Merseyside providing a community based service, which supports black people and enables people from culturally diverse communities to challenge inappropriate practices and treatment within the mental health system.

About

Mary Seacole House is a mental health charity and resource service set up to offer support and advice in emotional and practical matters, primarily for BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic and Refugees) communities, however we work with all communities across Merseyside.

The centre was established by Granby Community Mental Health Group in 1991 and had its grand opening on 15th April 1991. The Granby Community Mental Health Group is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

Mary Seacole House has maintained a track record of delivering services for over 25 years, which have been funded by Liverpool City Council.

Mary Seacole House is a place where people with diverse social and cultural backgrounds can come together in a non-oppressive environment. Staff will offer support, advice and guidance in both practical and emotional matters.

The organisation endeavours to address the needs of culturally diverse communities within Merseyside providing a community based service, which supports black people and enables people from culturally diverse communities to challenge inappropriate practices and treatment within the mental health system.

What we want to achieve

To enable people living with or at risk of mental health issues from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to live the lives they choose.

Mary Seacole

In her lifetime Mary Jane Grant Seacole became the most respected black woman in the British Empire. She was celebrated for the way in which she cared for the sick and wounded during the Crimean Wars. Born in Jamaica during slavery in 1805 of a Creole mother and a Scottish father she created her own role – centre stage – and in the heart of the battle.

“Auntie Seacole” or “the Mother of the Regiment” as she was known, risked her life on the frontline at the Siege of Sebastapol, caring for the casualties of the British Army. She saved thousands of men from the dangers of cholera, dysentery and jaundice. The soldiers loved her because of her ample medical knowledge and skills, together with her caring bedside manner. Granby Community Mental Health Group made her their patron in honour of those who continue to need her expertise and support. It was felt appropriate to name our centre after Mary Seacole and to acknowledge her rightful place in history.

Mary Seacole

In her lifetime Mary Jane Grant Seacole became the most respected black woman in the British Empire. She was celebrated for the way in which she cared for the sick and wounded during the Crimean Wars. Born in Jamaica during slavery in 1805 of a Creole mother and a Scottish father she created her own role – centre stage – and in the heart of the battle.

“Auntie Seacole” or “the Mother of the Regiment” as she was known, risked her life on the frontline at the Siege of Sebastapol, caring for the casualties of the British Army. She saved thousands of men from the dangers of cholera, dysentery and jaundice. The soldiers loved her because of her ample medical knowledge and skills, together with her caring bedside manner. Granby Community Mental Health Group made her their patron in honour of those who continue to need her expertise and support. It was felt appropriate to name our centre after Mary Seacole and to acknowledge her rightful place in history.

Reading List

Poems From The Heart Of The House Mary Seacole House Poetry Group, The Windows Project 2003
The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole In Many Lands Penguin 20th Century Classics, Mary Seacole/Sarah Salih
Mary Seacole Malom. J, Evans Brothers Ltd 1999
Mary Seacole Caster H, Franklin Watts 1999
Mary Seacole – A Story From The Crimean War Goodwins S, Hodder Wayland 2001
Mary Seacole Moorcroft C & Magnusson M, 4Learning Ltd 1998

Their Untold Stories

“Their Untold Stories” was a book written by service users, staff and trustees and stands as a record of work from the past 20 years by Granby Community Mental Health Group, Mary Seacole House and The Advocacy Project. It provided an opportunity for people who used the services of the organisation to tell their life stories in their own words.

Some tell their stories through poetry and others find art the best medium to express themselves. A further important dimension of the book is that it gives members an opportunity to reflect on the services being provided for their well-being by both statutory and voluntary sectors. They identify their needs and suggest how these can best be met. The book concludes by drawing out some key themes and issues which need to be considered by those responsible for providing services, in particular, to black and racial minority communities with mental health needs.

A wider social issue that has been revealed in the stories is the strong link between child sexual abuse, physical abuse, Children’s Homes and mental illness. Although there are now systems in place, which are intended to protect children, those links remain strong as evidenced by the media coverage on the experiences of children some of whom die because of abuse.

The book featured in the Society section of the “Guardian” as well as in their website.
(Click the link to see the article.)

Their Untold Stories

“Their Untold Stories” was a book written by service users, staff and trustees and stands as a record of work from the past 20 years by Granby Community Mental Health Group, Mary Seacole House and The Advocacy Project. It provided an opportunity for people who used the services of the organisation to tell their life stories in their own words.

Some tell their stories through poetry and others find art the best medium to express themselves. A further important dimension of the book is that it gives members an opportunity to reflect on the services being provided for their well-being by both statutory and voluntary sectors. They identify their needs and suggest how these can best be met. The book concludes by drawing out some key themes and issues which need to be considered by those responsible for providing services, in particular, to black and racial minority communities with mental health needs.

A wider social issue that has been revealed in the stories is the strong link between child sexual abuse, physical abuse, Children’s Homes and mental illness. Although there are now systems in place, which are intended to protect children, those links remain strong as evidenced by the media coverage on the experiences of children some of whom die because of abuse.

The book featured in the Society section of the “Guardian” as well as in their website.
(Click the link to see the article.)

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